Did you know that motor vehicles were involved in 19 % of all product recalls listed by the Rapid Alert database in 2018? In the automotive industry, recent product failures concern the rupture and leakage of fuel tanks due to errors in the production process. It is crucial to find the cause of failure that can result from either design-, material- or production-related causes. Four thermal analysis instruments can answer many questions.
Plastics have significantly gained importance in automotive engineering. From being a metallic colossus in the 1950s, cars have been transformed to modern, lightweight versions of their former selves. The material does not only act as a design component. More importantly, thermoplastics are a booster for fuel efficiency due to its low weight. This evolution brings about severe challenges for suppliers and OEMs. They have to tackle five challenges to remain part of the future automotive ecosystem.
Plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable and future-oriented material. 225,000 visitors from 165 countries informed themselves about recycling systems, sustainable raw materials and resource-saving processes at K show 2019 in Düsseldorf. Sustainability, industry 4.0 and automation solutions are the leading topics of the exhibitors.
Plastic recycling presents many challenges across the manufacturing workflow. One of the biggest challenges is controlling the uncertainty of feedstock quality. Variations in quality arise from mixtures of different polymer types in the recycling process. This is a step-by-step guide for the quality control of recycled plastics with the NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma.
Ever since plastics have become a popular material, manufactures have produced a total of 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic. The production and usage of plastic has been a resounding success. However, it is alarming what is happening to the plastic that has served its time. The challenges posed by mechanical recycling can be overcome with thermal analysis.
Carbon black is a virtually indispensable product for the polymer industry, whether in rubber mixtures as a strengthener, pigment for plastics, conductive agent or UV stabilizer, depending on the occurrence, particle size and structure. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate and confirm its level and precise dispersion in order to avoid adverse effects on the final material costs and mechanical properties
NETZSCH thermoanalytical instruments support the processes from incoming goods inspection to optimization of the manufacturing process to quality assurance of the final product. Visit the NETZSCH booth D49 in hall 11 to talk to the thermal analysis experts and listen to our series of short talks.
by Jinyan Li, Liang Xu and Dr. Zhiqiang Zeng; NETZSCH Scientific Instruments Trading, China
Do you need a plastic part or a film with very specific properties – such as temperature stability coupled with dimensional stability accurate to a hundredth of a millimeter and UV resistance – otherwise it cannot be used for its intended purpose? But how can you check whether all requirements have been met and, in addition, how can failures be analyzed?
Only if such questions are under control is it possible to permanently reduce the number of rejects. NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing offers a range of thermoanalytical methods for this purpose.
NETZSCH and KISTLER, two family owned companies, offer the most advanced process package for reactive injection molding targeting zero waste production while at the same time a maximum in efficiency with an increased throughput is enabled.
Many investigations in the field of polymers with lower stiffness require a measurement start below room temperature. As an alternative to existing solutions with Vortex tube and liquid nitrogen cooling, NETZSCH now offers the new compact AIC 80 intracooler for DMA measurements that works with chilled air. It reliably cools samples to -70°C without the use of liquid nitrogen.